The Electoral College Is a Farce

Hilary Clinton won the so-called "popular vote" for the U.S. presidency this week, but Donald Trump became president. How so? Our arcane, outdated, Electoral College. The New York Times informs today in the first three paragraphs of an article:"In November 2000, as the Florida recount gripped the nation, a newly elected Democratic senator from New York took a break from an upstate victory tour to address the possibility that Al Gore could wind up winning the popular vote but losing the … [Read more...]

Brexit in the USA

I'm in shock! Donald Trump as president? God help the USA.As in the Brexit vote, there were lots of angry people who voted in this election. A lot of white folks who want change. Our country has been getting more and more divided, thus polarized. It seems to me most Evangelicals voted for a platform rather than a person. Now we'll see if Mr. Trump can deliver. And it appears he will have both the House and Senate with a Republican majority in order to get things done. … [Read more...]

Melania Trump Gets a Soft Pass

Melania Trump gave a rare political speech yesterday. She delivered it in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, in defense of her husband, Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for U.S. president. He is running against Hilary Clinton, the Democratic nominee.With Election Day only four days away, Melania said in her speech, "Our culture has gotten to mean and too rough." She says if she becomes First Lady, she will work to end "bullying" among children. How about among adults, starting with her husband Donald … [Read more...]

Why Did FBI Director Comey Do That?

Last Friday, FBI director James Comey dropped a political bombshell only twelve days before the presidential election scheduled for November 8th. It was a letter he sent to Congress stating that he has re-opened the question about whether or not Democratic nominee for the U.S. presidency, Hilary Clinton, had violated U.S. laws concerning government security in the use of her emails. Comey's FBI had investigated this Clinton matter early this year and closed the case by saying Clinton had not … [Read more...]

Were the Ancient Philistines “Sea Peoples”?

Sometimes, myths are propagated as true history, and they need to be deconstructed. Such is the case with ancient Philistines. They were a migrant people who settled in southwestern Palestine to become the arch rival of the ancient Israelites. The historical books of the Jewish Bible are full of narratives about conflicts and battles between the Israelites and the Philistines. Both peoples were migrants to this portion of The Levant. The Bible is quite clear about how the Israelites came into … [Read more...]

Palestinians Try Again to Unite

Yesterday, three Palestinian leaders met in Qatar with its emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, to attempt reconciliation after ten years of feuding. In recent years, Qatar has tried to help Palestinians achieve their aspirations, which is to establish a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. But the division between the Palestinian Authority, which controls Palestinians living in the West Bank, and Hamas, which governs those in the Gaza Strip, has negatively affected the peace … [Read more...]

The Film “Risen” Is Wrong about Where Jesus Ascended to Heaven

Hollywood has produced over a hundred films about Jesus. Oftentimes, the screenwriter(s) depend mostly on the New Testament accounts about Jesus or only one of its four gospels. And when they do, they often don't know much about the New Testament or employ New Testament scholars as consultants. The result is that the film often presents some material about Jesus that conflicts with the New Testament. And I'm not referring to material included in the film which is fictional, some of which is … [Read more...]

U.S.G.A. to Stay with Trump

The United States Golf Association has decided to continue with its plan to stage the world's premiere women's golf tournament--the U.S. Women's Open--at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on July 13-16, 2017. On October 14, I posted, "Is Donald Trump Hurting the U.S.G.A.?" Eight days later I posted, "U.S.G.A. Under Pressure to Move U.S. Women's Open." Before that, on June 2, I posted, "Is Donald Trump Hurting the PGA Tour?"The latest development in this Trump-pro golf saga … [Read more...]